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LexisNexis Aspire training and networking group for junior in-house lawyers met for another event on Wednesday 20 April 2016. Aspire aims to provide insight
into the life of an in-house lawyer and to facilitate development, it was great to see the group continue to grow with over 20 new members joining the network. This session included three interactive sessions with presentations on delegation skills,
data protection legal skills and presentation skills workshop.
Delegation skills are important for lawyers in all stages of their career
It is difficult to imagine having someone to delegate to when you are in the early stages of your career, but in practice we often work in teams and can be in a position to delegate to peers and support staff. Professional consultant, Emma Wilson,
outlined that while lawyers have a natural tenancy to be protective of their work there are several key benefits to delegation, namely - sharing work allows others to develop and learn and can as a whole make us more effective and efficient.
The session involved an interactive activity which saw pairs explore the difference between 'precision' and 'capability' based delegation. One person in each pair had to describe a scenario of a cat trapped in a box and the other had to draw it based
on the instructions. The pair which used the prescriptive style of delegation showed that giving clear
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